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What impacts might Brexit have on manufacturing?

There continues to be uncertainty surrounding Brexit as the UK looks to negotiate the best deals it can with the rest of Europe. Some of that uncertainty surrounds how Brexit will impact the UK manufacturing industry. One things for certain, as with all political and economical changes, businesses will have no choice but to adapt and deal with changes as they are agreed and implemented.

How could Brexit impact the manufacturing industry

In 2016 39% (or £303.1bn) of UK goods and services were exported, with 61% (or £469.2bn) of UK imports coming from the rest of the world (source https://www.gov.uk). Since the announcement that the UK would be leaving the EU, the pound has reduced in value which in turn, has made UK exports more appealing to the EU and the rest of the world, so we could start to see shifts in these figures.

This change also means that imports cost more and with prices of goods and raw materials rising in Europe, it could lead to more insourcing from UK suppliers, which would create demand for many UK based manufacturers; thus boosting the economy.

What’s also currently unclear is whether the UK’s Brexit deal will include free and unrestricted movement of goods. This means that additional increases in costs for manufacturers importing to the UK could occur. For those importing and storing goods, storage of these materials will have to be carefully planned as economies of scale will need to be achieved as a way of overcoming longer lead-times and higher costs.

Importing larger amounts in fewer transactions means that many businesses could face building extension projects, allowing them to store more. Alternatively reconfiguration or segregation of current space may be required to allow different types of stock to be stored alongside each other, which may previously have been coming into the business on a Just-In-Time (JIT) system.

Some businesses have seen an immediate benefit from the falling value of the pound and are having to adapt to increases in output and in turn the amount of space required for the storage of raw materials or finished goods.

In the event that Brexit forces a manufacturing or storage facility to change, Westgate Factory Dividers have products that can help you overcome the challenges.

How can Westgate’s partitioning products help with structural changes

Westgate’s temporary Flexiscreen is the ideal product to use when buildings are undergoing an extension or internal construction project, whereas Flexiwall offers a permanent but relocatable partition for dust, temperature, odour and cross contamination control.

Both systems are manufactured from individual fire rated panels that are profiled to fit the shape of each individual building, we suspend and tension each panel to form a wall, which is both quick and clean, compared with traditional partitioning methods.

Both systems hold many key benefits, which include:

  • Quick and clean onsite installation for minimum disruption
  • In-house design and UK manufacture ensures quick turnaround on projects
  • 99% plus dust tight seal and easily installed to the full ceiling height
  • Installed solutions only require tens of millimetres of floor space
  • Easily adapted and relocated in the event of additional future changes
  • Can be installed to any height and any width
  • Retain natural light with translucent material options
  • Add access and barrier options for an integrated solution

Learn more about Flexiwall and Flexiscreen

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